How to Publish Podcasts on YouTube and YouTube Music

Trappe Digital LLC may earn commission from product clicks and purchases. Rest assured, opinions are mine or of the article’s author.

Podcasts on YouTube and podcasts on YouTube Music are worth using as a distribution method for a show. Especially if you already live stream your show, the YouTube preview will show here as well.

To publish your show here makes sense and is a content distribution strategy worth considering – especially if you already have a video version of your podcast. So let’s dive into that topic in this article and discuss:

What are podcasts on YouTube?

At the most basic level, it’s a video version of a podcast uploaded or streamed to the platform.

Unlike the traditional podcast version, the most significant difference is that it’s with video.

I say traditional because even Spotify now publishes video podcasts, so there’s a real advantage to having a video version of episodes either way. I wouldn’t be surprised if more podcast channels add video capabilities at some point.

Even the definition of a video podcast can be debated. For example, you could create a video file with one static image and run the audio under that image. I prefer to have the conversation in a moving video, however.

Why it makes sense for podcasters

Platforms evolve and sometimes add new content formats. Podcasts can make sense. Facebook tried integrating podcasts for a bit, but that functionality stopped. In reality, most podcasts can also be published as video podcasts. Seeing the conversation and the facial expressions of the host and guest can add authenticity. And, if nothing else, it’s another channel to distribute your show.

Read next: Should I publish my podcast on television?

Where do podcasts show up on YouTube?

As the Marketing O’Clock experts reported, there’s now a specific landing page for podcasts on YouTube at

podcasts on youtube landing page

In addition, podcast videos would appear in search and recommended content like any other YouTube video, so make sure you follow best practices for your videos.

Podcasts on YouTube Music

Podcasts also show up in YouTube Music. Here’s how that looks and a link to my podcast on YouTube Music. 

The Business Storytelling Show on YouTube Music

How to distribute your YouTube podcast

There are two ways:

I would also try to use the same headline and description as the podcast episode is using on other channels. Consider making it clear in the description that this is a podcast to make it easier for YouTube to identify that your video is part of a show. For example, I often say:

So-and-so joins me on this episode of The Business Storytelling Podcast to discuss the topic…

Then upload the episodes to other podcast networks, and also embed the playlist to your website.

Embed YouTube podcast on website

Should I even livestream my podcast?

YouTube strategy consultant Zach Mitchem answers that with a definite “no.”

He said that YouTube handles livestreams differently from uploaded videos, and the livestreams also take away your chance to add a teaser.

Zach suggests taking a soundbite from later in the episode and putting it ahead of the entire show – like this.

He said that would encourage viewers to wait for that quote while watching or listening to the show.

Uploading your show

Log in and head over to the YouTube Studio. Then go to playlists, and designate a specific playlist a podcast. You can change this later as well.

Once you set it, YouTube asks you to fill out some fields to provide more information about the show. You’ll also have to upload a cover image, which has the same dimensions as those on traditional podcast channels.

describe your podcast on YouTube

podcast cover art on YouTube

From there, make sure new episodes are added to that playlist.

Podcast analytics

Once you have created your podcast playlist, you can view metrics. Go to the playlist area of YouTube Studio, and click on the metrics icon near the podcast playlist. That will bring you to this screen with recent analytics.

Should my podcast get its own channel?

That depends on where you are in your YouTube content strategy. For example, if you are creating a podcast for a company that has a YouTube channel, it likely makes sense to add the podcast to that channel and create a playlist.

If you currently have no presence on YouTube but want to add your podcast to more networks, creating an entirely new channel just for the podcast and with the podcast as the name could make sense.

In summary, getting your podcast onto the popular video platform through a livestream or an upload makes sense to me, and I would recommend it.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Listen to my podcast